Perhaps the most controversial of George Lucas‘ many controversial maneuvers in regards to the Star Wars franchise is his constant re-tooling of the first three Star Wars movie. So far as Lucas is concerned, each new platform or anniversary for the trilogy’s release is a new opportunity to change something in them a little more. Offending Star Wars fans, film preservationists, and people who think the new edits and effects add nothing substantive to the movies, there’s been a constant discussion about whether or not Lucas should restore the original versions of the films, but now one of those voices is coming from the inside. One of the cast members of Star Wars Episode VII is questioning the sense of constantly re-editing the films, not in a full-throated People Vs. George Lucas kind of way, but its another scratching nag in the volume of criticism against Lucas. (more…)
It’s time for our regular Star Wars update, a segment where we take a morsel or two of stray conversation and conflate it to make semi-serious conclusions about what we think might be going down on the set of Episode VII. I know, I know, why so cynical? Fair enough. But one of our news items today’s comes from that school, and the other one comes directly from one of the new cast members. So what do these tips reveal? Well, if the one is right then there will be another well-known locale being visited by the gang in Episode VII, and in the other, the one from the cast member, it promises that this time, the fans passion for the material will be justified, and the promise of the franchise will be fulfilled once more. (more…)
Franchise rivalry is nothing new. DC Comics and Marvel have had a long-standing tiff, and even Star Wars and Star Trek have been known to lock horns in the hearts and minds of fans for decades now. But DC and Star Wars? They don’t have a beef with each other, right? Well maybe the franchises don’t, but directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder seem to have at least a friendly game of one-upmanship so far as Twitter pranks go. The latest of which is a little surprise that the Star Wars Episode VII crew have for the gang from Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. A salute from one hunka junk to another.
The official Bad Robot Twitter feed sent this out earlier today. (more…)
A way back when, sometime around the initial release of Return of the Jedi, George Lucas talked about his idea for a trilogy of Star Wars trilogies, and that one of the through-lines for that trilogy would be the presence of the droids C3PO and R2D2. In fact, the story would be, in essence, told through their, uh, eyes. So when production began on Star Wars Episode VII, and rumors of the casting of original trilogy actors began, it seemed indisputable that Threepio and Artoo’s portrayers Anthony Daniels and Kenny Baker, would be returning to a galaxy far, far away. In a recent interview, Daniels discussed returning to Star Wars, how he responded when director J.J. Abrams called, and why the franchise’s future will provoke feelings in fans not felt since the original trilogy’s release. (more…)
The lengths we’re going to in order to get these spy pics of Star Wars Episode VII is getting kind of ridiculous, wouldn’t you say? Like paparazzi at a hot celebrity wedding, some serious Star Wars fans have taken to the air to get a look at the Greenham Common set of the newest Wars movie and have revealed some insight into a major action sequence in the film. You may have already seen the photo of the half-built Millennium Falcon from the set, but that set also includes the next generation of X-Wing fighters. With all new details and paint jobs, the space ships look ready for action, and I’m guessing that we’re going to see some substantial action when Episode VII hits theaters next year.
Welcome to this week’s barrage of news from the Star Wars front. This time around we’ve got a few announcements, including Harrison Ford’s return, some talking heads discussing the various new Star Wars projects, a sneak peek at one of the new Star Wars: Rebels toys and even a few possible spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VII. Read on for all the details. The spoiler stuff has been placed at the bottom, so fear not that you will tread into uncharted space. (more…)
Forget J.J. Abrams and Star Wars Episode VII! What we really want to talk about is Episode VIII! Rian Johnson, a beloved director thanks to his contributions to Breaking Bad and cult movies like Brick, The Brothers Bloom and Looper, was announced as the man behind the next, next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy earlier this summer, and while he’s not going to be talking about major plot points or casting (yet), he is in a position to discuss his feelings about being thrown into such a high pressure project, and reinforcing the seemingly new aesthetic in the Star Wars universe, which is to go more practical. All that and new spoilers about Episode VII after the jump. (more…)
Let’s get one thing absolutely clear:
Far as I’m concerned, ANY information regarding new Star Wars films that did not originate with a source directly connected to Disney or Lucasfilm will be treated as rumor until confirmed. That doesn’t mean leaked bits of news that pop up here and there are not necessarily accurate–only that info which cannot be traced to a reliable source should not be treated as fact.
The Jedi beard is a proud tradition, one that Luke Skywalker never really got a chance to take part in because his schtick was that he was the new boy fresh of the farm and ready to rock and roll. But if you’re an older, more mature Jedi, it’s practically expected that you grow a dignified, but manly, Jedi beard, and now that Luke is a little more mature, he’s got the facial hair to prove his status as an honored elder in the new Jedi Order. And so does Luke’s portrayer Mark Hamill. (more…)
As tight as security has been on the set and production of Star Wars: Episode VII there have been a couple of leaks aside from the official announcements and marketing material. We recently reported on a sketch purported to be the new Stormtrooper helmet that will be used in J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII. Now some images has surfaced on the Internet showing us two distinct types of Stormtrooper helmets. (more…)